Seen in the 9th Century, The Guige was a innovative design in shield protection. Although a typical rounded infantry shield, the innovation was on the back of the device – with it's strap. The typical hand straps used to carry the shield were lengthened. This allowed the fighter to sling the shield either over this front or back (like armor). This also freed the fighters hand. Often the lengthened straps had buckles incorporated into them to allow the fighter to adjust the length accordingly. Guige's are seen on the famous Bayeux Tapestry.